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'''Bates College''' (File:Speakerlink-new.svg|link=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b1/En-us-Amherst.ogg|11x11px|Listen; incorporation (business)|legally incorporated as the '''President and Trustees of Bates College''') is a private liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine|Lewiston, Maine. It was founded by Abolitionism|abolitionist statesmen and established with funds from industrialist and textile tycoon, Benjamin Bates IV|Benjamin Bates. The college is the List of coeducational colleges and universities in the United States|oldest coeducational college in New England, the List of colleges and universities in Maine|third oldest in Maine, and the first to grant a degree to a woman in New England. At its foundation in 1855 as the '''Maine State Seminary''', it was one of the only colleges in the U.S. to admit black students Slavery in the...
Latin nameAcademia Batesina
Motto''Amore Ac Studio'' (Latin)
Mottoeng''With Ardor and Devotion'' by Charles Sumner
Established{{Start date|1855|03|16}}{{efn|Although most sources signify 1855 as the official year of founding, historians have asserted that the technical founding of the institution was in 1832. Bates was established directly of off the History of Bates College|Maine State Seminary which was founded in 1854. The Maine State Seminary was established directly off the Parsonsfield Seminary which was founded in 1832.[http://www.britannica.com/topic/Bates-College Britannica] The Maine State Seminary originally absorbed Parsonsfield and moved from North Parsonsfield, Maine|Parsonsfield to Lewiston, Maine|Lewiston, thus giving the college a technical "founding date" of 1832. Similar cases may be found in Princeton University|Princeton's, Columbia University|Columbia's, and Yale University|Yale's founding. Oren Burbank Cheney re-established the school's academic program upon his return and was Parsonsfield's first principle, and acted in the capacity throughout his later collegiate career and early political career. It is believed that he along with History of Bates College|John Buzzel would be credited as its founders. Historians have questioned the technical meaning of "founding", asserting that it could be when the Trustees of the College first convened, or when the charter was granted or when the college was operational or when the idea of the college was first released publicly or when the "physical entity" of the college was established. Select historians have claimed that, if the "physical entity" of the college is considered its founding then Bates could claim a founding date as far back as 1799 with John Buzzel publicly garnering capital for the expansion of his private residence to be renovated into a "religious school".The majority of official accounts issued by the school note March 16, 1855 as its founding date with Oren Burbank Cheney as its founder.[http://www.bates.edu/150-years/history/ Bates College] |group=note}}
TypePrivate university|Private
PresidentClayton Spencer
Undergrad1,780 (Winter 2017){{cite web|url=http://www.bates.edu/research/files/2015/04/cds.1415.bates_.pdf |title=Archived copy |accessdate=December 13, 2015 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20150824003305/http://www.bates.edu/research/files/2015/04/cds.1415.bates_.pdf |archivedate=August 24, 2015 }}
CityLewiston, Maine|Lewiston
StateMaine
CountryU.S.
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